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Easy Cheesy Ball
8-ounce package light cream cheese
2 tablespoons low trans-fat margarine with 8 g of fat per tablespoon
1 1/2 teaspoons instant cheddar cheese sauce mix (use the envelope from a macaroni and cheese mix, or cheddar cheese powder from the store's spice section)
1 cup shredded, reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh parsley (or 3/4 teaspoon dried)
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


. Put cream cheese, margarine, cheddar cheese powder, cheddar cheese, lemon juice, parsley, and green onion in small food processor bowl. Process until nicely blended. Put chopped nuts into a shallow bowl.
2. Shape cheese mixture into a ball or log using clean hands, then roll it in the chopped nuts. Wrap well with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with lower-fat, higher-fiber crackers.

Preparation Time: Serves: 12
Recipe Origin: Canada
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